Weight loss is never easy, but we can at least keep it simple.
So what are we talking about when we talk about losing weight? Reducing a number. That’s it, that’s all you’re trying to do. While neither math nor weight loss are counted as typical fun, it’s kind of neat to look at this equation:
(3500 x p) ÷ d = c
p = these are the pounds you want to lose. There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat, so for every pound you’re looking to shed, this is an important number.
d = how many days in which you want to lose it. Keep in mind, the slower that you lose weight, the easier it is to keep off in the long term.
c = caloric deficit you need per day to meet your goal, or in simpler terms, the amount of calories you need to cut.
Let’s put some practical numbers into those variables. For simplicity’s sake, let’s go with one pound a week. That’s a pretty healthy and reasonable goal.
3500 ÷ 7 = 500 calories you need to drop from your daily diet. That makes sense, right?
Now here’s the tricky bit: how many calories do you normally take in during the day? Do you know? Have you counted?
In this day and age, we have access to the nutritional information for just about everything we eat, all right there on the labels. If it doesn’t have a label, like the stuff from the produce section, then there’s the internet with all the answers. You just need to pay attention, do your research, and for Pete’s sake, write stuff down.
Figure out how many calories you eat a day, and drop 500 of them. In fact, here’s a calorie counter to help you know what you’re getting into: http://caloriecount.about.com/
Those pounds you want to lose don’t have to be daunting. Take this journey little by little, one day at a time. After all, it’s mind over matter, literally!